The politics of the results agenda: What can we learn from development cooperation history in Sweden and the UK?

13 February, 13:00, Hörsalen Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken, Stockholm

February 13, 13:00-15.00, Hörsalen Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken, Stockholm

(registration from 12:30)

The results agenda has been (and arguably still is) influential on how development assistance is governed, implemented and communicated. While it is a sound policy to expect results from development assistance, as in any other issue area, the results agenda has arguably had important implications on aid management and on the implementation of aid.

Sweden and the UK share many similarites in this regard, and as a complement to Sidas Development Talks on February 14, Reclaim the Results, this EBA seminar will discuss and compare Swedish and UK experiences. The specific focus is on what can be learnt from history on how domestic governments shape aid bureaucracies as well as what we know of the effects of implementation of results management reforms.

Janet Vähämäki, SCORE, will reflect on the topic based on her PhD thesis and an EBA Development Dissertation Brief where she has analysed the quest to report on results and how results reforms have been implemented in Swedish development aid since the 1960s. Craig Valters and Brendan Whitty will base their presentation on the recent ODI paper The Politics of the Results Agenda in DFID: 1997-2017. During the seminar we will critically analyse similarities, differences, and potential ways forward in how to constructively managing expectations in development assistance.



12.30 Registration and coffeee

13.00 Welcome and introduction, Arne Bigsten, EBA

The politics of the results agenda in Sweden, Reflections made by Janet Vähämäki, SCORE, based on her PhD thesis Matrixing Aid: The rise and fall of ”results initiatives” in Swedish Development Aid, from Stockholm Business School

The politics and management of aid and development: reforming the results agenda, Brendan Whitty, University of East Anglia, and Craig Valters, ODI

Comments by Rebecka Kitzing Ivarsson,Sida, and Lennart Peck, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Panel discussion: Janet Vähämäki, Brendan Whitty, Craig Valters, Rebecka Kitzing Ivarsson, Lennart Peck

15.00 Seminar ends



Janet Vähämäki, Ph.D., Stockholm Center for Organizational Research (SCORE)

Brendan Whitty, Ph.D, External Associate, International Development, University of East Anglia

Craig Valters, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Rebecka Kitzing Ivarsson, Senior Advisor, RBM, Sida

Lennart Peck,  RBM Specialist, Department for International Development Cooperation, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs


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